The Monday Mash-Up

IT’S not every weekend that you rub shoulders with royalty but that’s what Stirling Gin was up to, as our big nose botanical blend went down a treat with the King and Queen of Scottish crime fiction!

As one of the sponsors of Bloody Scotland, the country’s premier crime literature festival, our unique award-winning gin proved popular with fans and writers of Tartan Noir at venues across our home city of Stirling, where the internationally acclaimed festival is held annually.

And they don’t get any more famous than the Queen of Tartan Noir, Val McDermid…who, it just so happens, is partial to our palate tickling artisan tipple which is distilled from a scintillating blend of wild Stirlingshire nettles, Basil, Lemon and Orange Peel, Angelica Root and Juniper berries.

So it would have been, well, er…criminal not to present the crime-writing legend with a bottle of our award nominated premium gin and pictured below Stirling Gin co-owner Cameron McCann was delighted to make Val’s day!

Another highlight of the Bloody Scotland weekend is the annual football match between the Scottish and English writers, which is played under the brooding shadow of Old Stirling’s Victorian Town Jail.

We are delighted to report that it was the Scots, with the likes of crime-writing A-listers Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre in their ranks, who claimed a hard-fought 6-3 victory which left the visitors screaming blue murder after their hopes of hammering the hosts were left firmly on ice!

After he had left the Auld Enemy ‘Black & Blue’ the undisputed king of Scottish crime-writing fiction, Ian Rankin, could think of no better way to slake his thirst than by enjoying our newly launched signature Bloody Scotland cocktail!


But don’t worry our Pop-Up bar was also doing a roaring trade as the mouth-watering Bloody Scotland Cocktail proved just the tonic with fans and players alike when hostilities ended and peace broke out once again!

While Cameron was making sure no one cried foul play in Stirling, co-owner June McCann was busy at the Best of The West Festival at historic Inveraray Castle.
As you can see from the picture Stirling Gin struck the right chord with the band members of headliners Heron Valley who enjoyed a glass or two as they relaxed after their performance!

A busy weekend for us came to an end when Brand Ambassador Stewart hosted an in-store gin-tasting at Largs famous Geraldo’s Gelateria where Stirling Gin proved a real scoop for customers and staff alike!

STIRLING GIN…whether you are a multi-million selling crime author or members of one of Scotland’s fastest rising folk scene bands, it’s just impossible to resist #GraspingTheNettle!

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